Keto And Oral Health

Keto And Oral Health

keto and oral health

The keto diet continues to grow in popularity and new benefits are regularly being studied and discovered. While its astounding weight loss potential has been established, many continue to follow keto for the advantages it provides for other aspects of your health.

One of the lesser known ways that keto can improve your appearance is in the benefits it provides for your smile.

Oral Benefits Of The Keto Diet

  • Reducing Gum Disease - Inflammation in the body is often a sign of declining health or oncoming problems. It is not as well known that sugary foods increase gingival inflammation.

  • Preventing Cavities - The primary cause is sugars that stick to your teeth for prolonged periods of time until they attract bacteria and plaque. All carbohydrates have traits that contribute to the accumulation of acid and development of cavities.

  • Carbohydrates Secreting Acids - Carbohydrates, more than any other type of food, have the potential to neutralize your saliva and attract bacteria that continually produce acid in your mouth.

Keto And Your Breath

If a lower-carb lifestyle is supposedly healthy, then why does it result in foul-smelling breath? The answer is in how your body breaks down fats. After swapping a typical carb-heavy diet for one that promotes fats and protein, your body goes into ketosis.

Keto breath produces a distinct taste or odor in the mouth that’s different from ordinary halitosis or bad breath. Some people describe keto breath as having a metallic taste. In addition to a funny taste in the mouth, keto breath can be fruity-smelling or have a strong odor that’s similar to nail polish remover.

Often, you won't have to deal with ketosis breath for too long. As your body goes from just being in ketosis to becoming keto-adapted, chances are bad breath will go away.

Ways To Stay Fresh With Keto Breath

  1. Increase your water intake - Along with exhalation, your body flushes acetone and ketones from your system through urination. Stay hydrated and sip on water throughout the day to increase urination. This helps flush ketones from your body and improves your breath.

  2. Eat less protein - While protein is important on a low-carb diet, eating too much protein can worsen bad breath. As your body breaks down protein, it produces ammonia. This is another byproduct of metabolism that’s eliminated through urination and exhalation.

  3. Practice good oral hygiene -Brushing your teeth twice a day and daily flossing may not completely eliminate keto breath but can reduce the odor coming from your mouth.

  4. Mask odor with mints and gum - You may want to suck on mints and chew gum until your body adjusts to a low-carb diet. Make sure you choose sugar-free mints and gum.  Be aware that some mints and gums have a certain amount of carbohydrates.

  5. Increase your carb intake - Slightly increasing your carbohydrate intake can also eliminate keto breath. If you want to remain in a state of ketosis, only increase your daily amount of carbohydrates by a small amount.

  6. Patience - Sometimes, you can’t get rid of keto breath. So, if you’re committed to a low-carb diet to lose weight, be patient and allow your body to adjust to its new fuel source. Your bad breath will improve after a couple of weeks.

The Takeaway Of Keto And Your Oral Health

We all know that sugar promotes disease-causing bacteria in the mouth. Carbohydrates provide the bacteria with the fuel they need to produce acid in the mouth, which causes demineralization and leads to decay and caries. By limiting consumption of both sugar and carbohydrates, the essential factors for creating acid erosion on the teeth are limited.

This means that most low carb diets will lead to a much healthier mouth overall by preventing tartar build-up, cavities, and frequent visits to the dentist.

Keto breath is one side effect that you can’t always ignore. However, you most likely won't have to deal with ketosis breath for too long. As your body goes from just being in ketosis to becoming keto-adapted, chances are bad breath will go away.

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